Opportunities


MFIA is currently hiring for a summer fellowship. Applications for fellowships will be considered on a rolling basis and should be submitted by March 8, 2019.

SUMMER 2019 FELLOWSHIP OPENING

The Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic (MFIA Clinic) at Yale Law School invites applications for a summer fellowship. The summer fellow will assist in all aspects of the MFIA Clinic’s ongoing litigation and other activities.

The MFIA Clinic provides pro bono legal representation to journalists, press organizations, and advocacy groups. The Clinic’s mission is twofold: to support robust investigative journalism in the digital age and to advance the public’s right of access to information needed for democracy to function. The Clinic is dedicated to increasing government transparency, defending the essential work of news gatherers, and protecting freedom of expression through impact litigation, direct legal services, and policy work. More information about the Clinic’s work is available on its website.

The Clinic typically carries 20-30 active matters on its docket. Current cases include:

  • First Amendment litigation seeking access to…
    • Information about secret arrests by the U.S. Coast Guard
    • Sealed grand jury records
    • Opinions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
    • State execution policies and protocols
  • Freedom of Information Act litigation requesting access to records about…
    • Police shootings
    • NSA surveillance rules
    • Screening of visitors by the Secret Service
    • Potential conflicts of interests in federal public health agencies
    • Detainee abuse by the CIA and American military in Afghanistan
  • Policy initiatives seeking to…
    • Encourage responsible aggregation and analysis of patient medical data
    • Prevent over-use of routine sealing orders and protective orders in civil litigation
    • Promote algorithmic transparency and accountability

The summer fellow will be responsible for assisting with the Clinic’s current cases including, as necessary, drafting pleadings and briefs, drafting FOIA requests and other submissions to government agencies, and conducting legal research in support of current or future cases. The summer fellow will work under the supervision of David Schulz, Co-Director of the Clinic, and MFIA Clinical Fellows Charlie Crain, Jennifer Pinsof, and Francesca Procaccini.

Qualifications

Applicants must have completed at least one year of law school. Applicants should have an interest in issues of press freedom, open government, free speech, law & technology, and/or civil liberties.

Salary

The MFIA fellow will receive a stipend of $590/week for a minimum of 10 weeks.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and law school transcript (unofficial transcripts OK). 

Applications will be accepted immediately and will be considered on a rolling basis. The position may therefore be filled before the listed deadline. For best consideration, please submit your application as early as possible. 

Applications or inquiries should be submitted electronically to:

Jennifer Pinsof

Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic

Yale Law School Information Society Project

jennifer.pinsof@yale.edu

Application Deadline:

March 8, 2019